Former MMA world champion and UFC legend Conor McGregor is making waves in a manner that has shocked his haters by giving $1 million to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
McGregor made this donation live on air with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and the CEO of Tunnel to Towers, Frank Siller. This brings McGregor’s total contributions to the organization to a whopping $4 million as the controversial superstar continues to help those veterans in need. According to Fox News, McGregor said:
“As human beings, it’s a must to give back. I work to give back. I work to support my family, and, you know, this is what we must deal with. If people want to help donate to this great foundation, Tunnel to Towers, you can also, we’d appreciate that greatly.”
Hannity also announced that he would be donating $100,000 to the charity along with McGregor. According to Frank Seller, this money will go to the family of firefighter Jason Arno who recently died in a fire. His wife and daughter will be seeing many of their essential expenses vanish thanks to the generosity of McGregor and Hannity. Siller said:
“You should know that this money that you gave us and the viewers that have helped us for years, this is how we pay off these mortgages.”
Paying off these mortgages has made Tunnel to Towers one of the most well-respected charities in America. A statement on their website shows this as one of their primary goals:
Since 9/11, we have been helping America’s heroes by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. We are also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001.
The organization, which received an A+ rating from Charity Watch, was founded as a direct reaction to the attack on September 11, 2001, when firefighter Stephen Siller lost his life:
To honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. To honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life & limb for our country.
Conor McGregor is making his rounds through the press as it seems more and more likely that he will return to the sport of mixed martial arts soon. Following a broken leg during a fight in 2021, many fans and analysts wondered if he would be able to fight again. Given the amount of money he has made in the sport, it would be no surprise if he chose to hang up the gloves. But, in an interview with Ariel Helwani, McGregor promised to return to the Octagon, according to ESPN, saying:
“I’m never stopping this. I’m continuing. I’ll wheel out into the Octagon and scoot out into open guard [on my back] if I couldn’t brace on the leg. That was in my thoughts.”
Time will tell if the UFC has plans to feature McGregor again, but it is clear that he is ready to resume his career once he is given a chance.
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